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Umar Al Faruq
Former Staff


Research Interest

Urban Planning, Sustainable Transportation, and Community Empowerment.


Umar Al Faruq is a researcher at Resilience Development Initiative (RDI) and currently serve as its Outreach Manager. He is a fast learner, works well under pressure, and a team player and is looking to build on his skills pertaining to urban planning, sustainable development, and community empowerment. His background in urban and regional planning has enabled his work at RDI to flourish, maintaining its social aspects into resilience research which proved to be essential. He is currently working in the Infrastructure and Urban Governance cluster, although most of his work lies also in other clusters.

Education Timeline

  • 2010-2015 MPhil Human Geography

    University of Oslo, Norwegia.

  • 2010-2015 Bachelor of Science

    Urban and Regional Planning, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia.

  • 2006-2010 High School

    Qatar International School

Working Experiences Timeline

  • 2015 - 2018 Activity Manager

    Resilience Development Initiative.

  • 2015 Assistance Planner

    PT. Aria Ripta Sanara (Consulting Company).

  • 2015 Intern

    Resilience Development Initiative.

  • 2014-2015 Teaching assistant

    Spatial data course and planning studio course.

  • 2013-2015 GIS Instructor

    basic mapping, overlay analysis, Comlabs-USDI-ITB.

  • 2014 Intern

    Assistance Planner.

Year Experience
2016 - Present

Resilience Development Initiative-World Vision Indonesia – Policy Analysis Study Related to Forest Fires. PI: Dr. Saut Sagala (Institut Teknologi Bandung)


Resilience Development Initiative – The Role of Culture in Facilitating Disaster-Resilient Communities: A Mixed-Method Investigation of the Community Surrounding Mount Sinabung, Indonesia. PI: Dr. Gavin Sullivan (Coventry University)


Institut Teknologi Bandung – Model Relationship between the Occurrence and Intensity of Natural Disasters with Economic Growth in the District Level in Indonesia. PI: Dr. Adiwan Fahlan Aritenang (Institut Teknologi Bandung) \


Resilience Development Initiative – Increasing Energy Security through Institution Adaptive Capacity Case Study: Palembang City, Indonesia. PI: Dr. Saut Sagala (Institut Teknologi Bandung)

Year Experience


  • September 2016, Taking a Peek at Indonesia’s Energy Future, Widyatama International Seminar on Sustainability (Prof. Joy Clancy, University of Twente; Prof. Jon Lovett, Leeds University; Dr. Saut Sagala, Institut Teknologi Bandung; Elisabeth Rianawati M.Eng, Resilience Development Initiative; Endang Kuswandi, PT. Ranca Bangun Nusantara)
  • September 2016, Disasters: Opportunity for Sustainability, Case Studies: Aceh and Christchurch (Katja Brundiers, Arizona State University)
  • August 2016, Collaborative urban planning: reaching planning decisions by gaming (Prof. Erwin van der Krabben, Radboud University Neijmegen)
  • August 2016, Game-Theoretical Analyses and Experiments in Land Management Studies and Its Potential Applications for Urban Resilience Research, (Dr. Datuk Ary Samsura, Radboud University Neijmegen)
  • July 2016, Different approaches to bushfire management in Australia. The south versus the ‘deep north’ (Stephen Sutton, Charles Darwin University)
  • May 2016, Disaster Risk Financing Recovery Planning: Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (Dr. Saut Sagala, Institut Teknologi Bandung)
  • May 2016, Disaster and the Importance of Culture (Dr. Gavin Sullivan, Coventry University)
  • April 2016, Liquefaction: Potentials and Challenges (Dr. Fritz Nababan, Institut Teknologi Bandung)
  • February 2016, Role of Culture for Disaster Risk Reduction (Dr. Gavin Sullivan, Coventry University)


  • November 2015, Indonesian Resilience Knowledge Workshop: Fostering Community Resilience in Disaster Risk Exposed Area. LIPI and RDI Workshop (Keynote Speaker: Dr. J.C. Gaillard, University of Auckland)
  • November 2015, INASP-AuthorAID Workshop – How to Write Competitive Proposals (Dr. Saut Sagala, Institut Teknologi Bandung; Mercy Rampengan Ph.D, Sam Ratulangi University)
  • May 2014, Indonesia-Malaysia Youth Forum 2014

  • Sagala, S., Alberdi, H. A., & Al Faruq, U. (2017). Increasing Energy Security through Institutional Adaptive Capacity, Case Study: Palembang, Indonesia. To be submitted to Open Science Meeting 2017.
  • Sagala, S., Sullivan, G. B., & Al Faruq, U. (2017). Victims of Mt. Sinabung: A Statistical Review in 2016 (tentative title). To be submitted to Biomed Central.
  • Sagala, S., Wimbardana, R., & Al Faruq, U. (2017). Planning for Community Socio-Economic Recovery Post-2010 Mount Merapi Eruption (tentative title). To be submitted to Habitat International.
  • Al Faruq, U., Rianawati, E., Sagala, S., Currie, E. (2017). Planning for Community Socio-Economic Recovery Post-2010 Mount Merapi Eruption (tentative title). To be submitted to Habitat International.

Year Experience

Teaching Assistanship

  • Taught first year students the processes, problems, and prospects of Architecture, Planning, Art & Design, and Business & Management.
  • Planned lessons and assignments, graded exams.
  • Organized group discussions on issues of each department.
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Community Work:

  • 2016, Institut Teknologi Bandung Community Service – Integrating Community and Government Flood Early Warning Systems in Bandung Regency, West Java, Indonesia
  • Assisting the team leaders in planning and carrying out discussions between communities in Bandung Regency and the local government to integrate the existing but separate flood early warning systems.
  • 2016, Kelas Inspirasi Bandung (Bandung Inspiration Class)
  • Volunteered as the documentation crew documenting other volunteers teach school children their professions and inspiring them to have big dreams.

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